Today is the official start of the second half of the season, a time when prospects either surge or fizzle into a long offseason. In today’s Happenings, Tony takes a look at the recent surge by lefty Mike Rayl and outfielder Aaron Siliga, the promotions of two high profile relievers Shawn Armstrong and Tyler Sturdevant, he provides quotes from Ross Atkins on several Single-A players, and also has news and updates on players such as Corey Kluber, Matt Packer, Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, Tyler Booth, and many more.
Despite holding a pair of one run leads late, the Scrappers lost a 13 inning thriller to the Lowell Spinners 5-4. Luis Dejesus got the start for the Scrappers. He has been nothing short of spectacular this season, entering play on Wednesday carrying the second lowest ERA in the New York-Penn League at 0.82 in 22 innings of work.
The score was the same, but the results reversed, as the Scappers and Connecticut Tigers, for the second night in a row, played a game that ended 5-4. Again, the Scrappers led late, and blew a lead in the eighth inning. This time, though, the Tigers made the Scrappers pay for poor bullpen pitching, pushing across the go-ahead run in the ninth and winning the series finale 5-4 to avoid being swept.
Geoff Davenport dominated the early part of Sunday Night's game for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, leaving the game with a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning. The bullpen would give up three runs to tie it up in the seventh and eighth, sending the game into extra innings. Tyler Naquin, who struggled offensively through most of the night, found his swing in the eleventh, winning the game with an RBI single.
On what was a hot, sticky Saturday evening, the Scrappers were able to pick up an opening series win against the Connecticut Tigers, winning 5-3.Indians 2012 tenth round pick Josh Martin took th e bump to make his first professional start. Martin was called on to spot start in place of Robbie Aviles, who was away from the team addressing family issues.
Despite leading late, the Scrappers suffered their ninth defeat of the season Friday night, losing 7-6 to the Aberdeen Ironbirds. With the loss, the Scrappers lost the series and moved to 10-9 on the season. They will look to regain some of the lost ground over the weekend when the Connecticut Tigers come to town for a three-game set.
The Indians short season affiliate the Mahoning Valley Scrappers wrapped up their third full week of baseball on a roll. They swept two series' on the road and returned home this week to Eastwood Field for a long homestand. Site columnist Andrew Zajac analyzes the week that was for the Scrappers, recapping the good and bad in his "Scrapperbook".
The Scrapper offense must be fond of multiples of two,because a pair of huge innings in the second and fourth paved the way what was a testy 11-1 Scrapper rout of the Aberdeen Ironbirds on Thursday night. Certainly the Scrappers are no strangers to early scoring, as they have scored 24 runs total in the first and second inning this season, with those two innings accounting for over a third of their total run production alone.
In today’s piece Tony looks at the amazing turnaround by outfielder Nick Weglarz and what kind of future he may still have with the Indians, the emergence of promising lefty Ryan Merritt and how he is being developed, the growth of third baseman Jorge Martinez and the unlimited potential he has, comments from Ross Atkins on some players at Columbus, and lots of updates, insight, and scouting information on players like Eric Berger, Bryce Stowell, Mike Rayl, Jose Ramirez, Joe Wendle, Juan Herrera, and more.
The streaking Scrappers returned to Eastwood Field Wednesday looking to give the fans an early fireworks display against the Aberdeen Ironbirds before the real show that was to take place post-game at Eastwood Field. Mother Nature forced the fans to wait awhile for their fireworks, bringing a downpour in the top of ninth that caused an hour and a half rain delay.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. This week's report has over 20 players and features the likes of Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Thomas Neal, Bryce Stowell, Jake Lowery, Shawn Armstrong, Jose Ramirez, Mason Radeke, Luis DeJesus, Jacob Lee, Dillon Howard, Matt Packer, and more.
The Scrappers offense had been stifled all game long. Then in the top of the 8th inning, Tyler Naquin drove a 0-2 pitch over the head of centerfielder Brian Pointer to drive in 2 runs to tie and take the lead. Naquin ended up at third base with a two run triple and the Scrappers come home from Williamsport with a 3-1 win.
Monday night the Mahoning Valley Scrappers stole another one on the road against the Williamsport Crosscutters with a 12-6 win and raised their winning streak to five games in a row. Another hot night in Williamsport, Virginia led to another hot start for the Scrappers as they scored five runs in the first inning. With Monday night's win the Scrappers moved to 8-7 on the season, their first time being over .500 since the third game of the season.
Mahoning Valley continued to ride high Sunday night as they won their fourth game in a row against the Williamsport Crosscutters. After a slow start to the season at 2-6, which included a 5 game losing streak, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have battled back to a .500 7-7 record on Sunday night with its win over Williamsport. The bats were remarkably hot Sunday as eight of the nine Scrapper starters had at least one hit.
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